Blog Review: Nov. 6

Improving interaction with robots; a brief history of Silicon Valley; Interconnects; more DRC rules; potatoes; e; wearable technology; automotive Ethernet; mixed signal.

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Mentor’s J VanDomelon provides some insights into a program to improve the working relationship between humans and robots, aka the Minotaur project. This is like sensitivity training for advanced weaponry.

Synopsys’ Karen Bartleson rolls out part two of her discussion with Mike Malone about the phenomenon known as Silicon Valley. As with Moore’s Law, reports about impending doom, irrelevance, or a slow and lingering death have proved to be misguided.

Cadence’s Brian Fuller looks at the number of questions popping up about interconnects these days and where to find answers. The interconnect is a very big challenge going forward, which may explain the renewed interest in 2.5D approaches.

ARM’s Rupal Gandhi talks about the differences between finFETs and planar transistors in a newly taped out test chip. The number of DRC rules is way, way, up.

Mentor’s Findley Merritt makes a fashion statement at ARM’s TechCon 2013 and discusses the proper pronunciation of RTOS.

Synopsys’ Mick Posner has created a potato battery. The good news is that when this one runs out of juice, you can make edible chips.

Cadence’s Team Specman adds some tips about generic dynamic run-time operations with e Reflection. This is only the beginning…as in part one.

ARM’s David Maidment checks out the innovations in wearable technology and what really drives the next killer application—tools.

Mentor blogger John Day says that automotive Ethernet is coming to a car near you. That should make communications more secure, not to mention much, much faster.

Synopsys’ Helene Thibieroz has caught the spirit of mixed signal with a Halloween costume. This one is literally mixed signal.